Esquire US taps South Korean pop group BTS as its cover stars for its Winter 2020 issue. Photographer Hong Janghyun captures Jung Kook, Jin, V, RM and Suga in Berluti; Jimin in Bottega Veneta and J-Hope in Givenchy for the cover image.
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For the cover story, Nick Sullivan styles BTS in designs from labels like Valentino and Celine by Hedi Slimane. Meanwhile, Esquire writer-at-large Dave Holmes talks to BTS about their explosive success and challenging traditional masculinity.
‘’We and our #ARMY are always charging each other’s batteries’’, RM says. ‘’When we feel exhausted, when we hear the news all over the world, the tutoring programs, and donations, and every good thing, we feel responsible for all of this. We’ve got to be greater; we’ve got to be better. All those behaviors always influence us to be better people, before all this music and artist stuff’’.
BTS have already conquered the world, clowned tyrants, inspired individual fans to perform the small and achievable acts of activism that have collectively begun to save the planet, challenged toxic masculinity by leading with vulnerability, and, along the way, become billionaires and international idols.
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